Cameroon, cross-country skiing. The 33-year-old architect, who now lives in
Milwaukee, finished 65th in the 1.5K sprint in Salt Lake City.
Thailand, cross-country skiing. The 47-year-old professor of computer
engineering at Drexel was 66th in the 1.5K sprint in 2002 but dropped out of
the 30K pursuit because of cramping.
NKRUMAH-ACHEAMPONG, Ghana, Alpine skiing. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, but raised
in Ghana, the 31-year-old, known as the Snow Leopard, took up the sport three
years ago while working at an indoor ski center in England.
Ethiopia, cross-country skiing. The 31-year-old moved to the U.S. in 1983 when
his mother took a job at the U.N. He learned to ski at a boarding school in
Lake Placid, eventually earning an athletic scholarship to New Hampshire.
packs of four boarders race down a 700-meter (.43-mile) course. Nate Holland
(far left) and women's favorite Lindsey Jacobellis are among the American
riders to watch.
Look for a few new
faces during the record 418 hours of coverage on NBC and its sister networks,
including two-time women's hockey medalist Cammi Granato, who will do color
commentary for that sport, and former soccer star Julie Foudy, who will be an
NBC Sports Desk reporter.
BOBSLED: 88 mph
LUGE: 85 mph
SKELETON: 82 mph
SKI JUMPING: 70 mph
DOWNHILL SKIING: 50 mph
LONG-TRACK SPEEDSKATING: 38 mph
CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING: 17 mph
CURLING (velocity of the rock): 5 mph